If you want to prepare salmon without thawing and have it stay warm and moist without overcooking, then this is your recipe!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
3 mins
total:
8 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour cold water and lemon juice into an electric pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Place a steamer rack inside; spray with cooking spray. Place frozen salmon fillets on the rack, skin-side down. Cover and close vent.

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  • Set cooker to the Steam 2 setting; cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Release vent immediately when pot beeps.

  • Check salmon for desired doneness; fish should flake easily with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Cover pot to keep salmon warm until serving.

Cook's Note:

When seasoning the salmon, you can add an optional topping such as pesto sauce, butter, seasoned salt, or sweet barbeque sauce.

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Nutrition Facts

172 calories; protein 24.6g 49% DV; carbohydrates 2.6g 1% DV; fat 6.7g 10% DV; cholesterol 51mg 17% DV; sodium 130.7mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (26)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2018
If you are looking for a quick and simple way to make salmon, this is it. If you are looking for fancy with lots of flavor, this probably isn't your best choice. I love my Instant Pot and use it all the time. I love that I can put frozen salmon in, pressure it for 5 minutes and it's perfect. I seasoned mine with just salt and pepper, but sprinkled it on before cooking. I served the salmon with tarter sauce, seasoned green beans and short grained brown rice---easy peasy! Read More
(12)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2019
Carol thank you for posting this recipe. It got the AR Collective talking about what does and doesn’t work. I made this recipe this evening and based on the current reviews, made the following modifications. For my liquid, I used 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 2T liquid aminos (use soy sauce if preferred). I put the frozen filets in the IP on the steamer rack, then poured the liquid over the fish. I seasoned my salmon with salt and pepper, because it will stick to the wet fish! I cooked it on high pressure for 4 minutes, did natural release for 2 minutes and finished with quick release. I think I could have just done a quick release and been done. The salmon was flavored well and cooked. I served it with the Back Burner Ratatouille from this site and quinoa. Picture uploaded. Read More
(18)
32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2019
Carol thank you for posting this recipe. It got the AR Collective talking about what does and doesn’t work. I made this recipe this evening and based on the current reviews, made the following modifications. For my liquid, I used 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 2T liquid aminos (use soy sauce if preferred). I put the frozen filets in the IP on the steamer rack, then poured the liquid over the fish. I seasoned my salmon with salt and pepper, because it will stick to the wet fish! I cooked it on high pressure for 4 minutes, did natural release for 2 minutes and finished with quick release. I think I could have just done a quick release and been done. The salmon was flavored well and cooked. I served it with the Back Burner Ratatouille from this site and quinoa. Picture uploaded. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2018
If you are looking for a quick and simple way to make salmon, this is it. If you are looking for fancy with lots of flavor, this probably isn't your best choice. I love my Instant Pot and use it all the time. I love that I can put frozen salmon in, pressure it for 5 minutes and it's perfect. I seasoned mine with just salt and pepper, but sprinkled it on before cooking. I served the salmon with tarter sauce, seasoned green beans and short grained brown rice---easy peasy! Read More
(12)
Rating: 2 stars
04/15/2018
The cook time for the salmon was fine (used manual pressure) but we didn't care for this salmon in the Instant Pot. It was not over or under cooked. I added garlic onion and paprika too but the flavors didn't come through at all. This just tasted like plain salmon with no seasoning for us. Read More
(7)
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Rating: 3 stars
03/13/2018
Well, I had to microwave the salmon when it came out and then it was good, but the time is way off in this recipe. Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
04/28/2018
I used an Instant Pot and set it to Manual high pressure for 4 minutes. This was for a fully frozen Kirkland brand salmon fillet. I would recommend adding an extra minute. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2018
I wonder if you could accomplish the same thing (albeit a little longer time involved) and pour some water in an oven-safe pan with a rack set down in it. Then place the frozen salmon on the rack and cover the pan with foil and bake til done. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2018
It tasted ok but it did not look appetizing. it was basically poached fish. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2018
Salmon doesn t get much easier than this! This turned out so moist and I like how it can be seasoned to individual preference. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2020
Turned out Perfect! I am NO good in the kitchen. Purchased intstant pot recently. This is only 2nd use. Took individually wrapped piece of Salmon from Costco & did the 3 minuted timer. Could not be more pleased!! Read More
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